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Google Engineer Shows How To Forge Swords and Knives

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the like-y'do dept.

Technology 201

An anonymous reader writes "Niels Provos, an engineer at Google working on malware and phishing protection, is showing on YouTube how to forge knives and Viking swords. The process is absolutely fascinating and follows the steps of Viking blacksmiths from a thousand years ago. It starts by taking small bars of metal that get heated and hammered together until they become a solid piece. He then shows how to form it with the hammer, heat treat and polish it. All the videos are narrated explaining the purpose of each step. Sure beats sitting in front of the computer."

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201 comments

Slashvertisment, but: (2)

arisvega (1414195) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464689)

.. who cares. Cool as heck!

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (1)

zerosomething (1353609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464793)

yea. really WTF I'm a Silversmith by formal training so can I have my own /. article? Guess I'm not a cool engineer though. :(

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464931)

Do you have youtube videos? I'd be interested if you did.

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (2)

MagikSlinger (259969) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464945)

You can if you started posting cool YouTube videos. Hint, hint! :-)

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (4, Insightful)

Jeng (926980) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465043)

How to get your own article. (not necessarily on /.)

1. Make or do something cool
2. Document how you did it
3. Share
4. Gain recognition

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465329)

you forgot the obligatory

5. ???
6. Profit!!!

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (1)

alex67500 (1609333) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465601)

Gain and Profit are usually quite close in meaning. Money is also a mean of recognition :-P

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (1)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466021)

You can recognize a profit but can you profit a recognition?

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466661)

Of course you can, you sell advertising space.

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465067)

If you' produce w ell done video, probably. Need some marketing schtick to compete with "google engineer", I suggest "maker"

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466515)

really WTF I'm a Silversmith by formal training so can I have my own /. article?

Absolutely!

Re:Slashvertisment, but: (3, Interesting)

ArsonSmith (13997) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465553)

At least mine was more tech geek releated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuyYBgI2Qg [youtube.com]

and very similar to what the original article was about.

NOVA did a show on ancient blacksmithing recently. (4, Informative)

papasui (567265) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464693)

Re:NOVA did a show on ancient blacksmithing recent (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465805)

Cool, glad you found the link, I was thinking the exact same thing.

I was also thinking the guy in the NOVA special could probably sell that sword for many thousands of dollars ;-)

Re:NOVA did a show on ancient blacksmithing recent (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466485)

I thought the same thing too. That is a really good episode.

Re:NOVA did a show on ancient blacksmithing recent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42466141)

http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/7721851/

I think you can download PBS shows legally, but I'm not a lawyer.

Re:NOVA did a show on ancient blacksmithing recent (2)

Alomex (148003) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466503)

Quote from the show:

ALAN WILLIAMS: The swords were far better than any other swords made, before or since, in Europe. And these must have been extraordinarily valuable to their contemporaries, because of their properties.

Except for the Damascus sword, which was fabricated in several places in the Muslim empire, including, famously, in Toledo, Spain, where to this date there is a blade making industry.

Not only that, but the Viking sword was merely an attempt to duplicate the quality of the Saracen sword.

BY THE POWER OF GRAY SKULL! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464727)

Oh.. wait, nevermind.

But on my computer... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464729)

I can own a +12 undead slayer. Can I forge this IRL?

Re:But on my computer... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465233)

Note: Some moderators on /. are fucking retarded assholes! I try to be funny and they mod me down. Why do we have the "funny" category? I have never trolled on this site before. This post is probably the closest I'll ever come to trolling but what I'm saying is totally true. Just had to get it out there. Just wanted to tell all the stupid moderators (just the stupid ones) to fuck off.

Re:But on my computer... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465285)

Moderators on /. are more or less all of the users with decent karma. And yes, some are retarded assholes.

Re:But on my computer... (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465351)

Hey now! I'm not retarded!

Re:But on my computer... (2)

dsvick (987919) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465545)

Yea!! And I'm not an asshole ....

errr ... wait a minute .....
damn it ....

Re:But on my computer... (1)

alex67500 (1609333) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465843)

But you lost your mod point so... Well, it's not nice to pick, so no. You're not.

Re:But on my computer... (2)

alex67500 (1609333) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465651)

There's a tendancy not to mod Anon Cowards up or down -- I very rarely do. Because they're anonymous, it doesn't actually affect your karma/profile, so it would be useless. This leaves you prone to more statistical anomalies than if you actually had a profile and used it to post.

Re:But on my computer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465851)

But it does affect the quality of the article and so even Anon posts should be modded.

Re:But on my computer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465439)

(At the time of this posting, the parent is labeled as Off topic)
Nooo... actually, the post was ON topic and obviously meant to be funny. If mods don't find it funny then you just LEAVE it alone at: (Score:0).
Again, I emphasize the word "retarded"!

Dropping the subject now.

Re:But on my computer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465637)

You seem to think there is a select group of promoted /. mods. When in fact any user who had good karma and has been around a little while is given mod points to pass out from time to time. See this. [wikipedia.org] You may as well complain about someone downvoting your post on reddit. Don't take it so personally.

Re:But on my computer... (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465899)

Not funny and has nothing to do with the article/subject. It's correctly modded.

Re:But on my computer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42466181)

OKAY you are probably the dumb ass who modded it down then! For the first part of your statement, you don't mod down if you personally think something is not funny. For the second part of your statement, the parent post is about a forged weapon that can destroy undead creatures when the article is about forging knives and swords. You are the definition of "retard", my friend! You're either THAT stupid or you're trolling.

Re:But on my computer... (0)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466513)

Parent was a stupid joke about some fantasy game weapon. Article is about actual weapons and forging process.

Reasonable moderation choices are: Funny (if you think it's funny, talk about 'tards) or Offtopic.

Re:But on my computer... (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466575)

If he had modded it down, it would have removed it when he posted. Maybe find out how it works before trolling people. And your fellow AC said it better above....don't take it so personally...it could have been anyone with mod points.

Would love to do this (2)

Roogna (9643) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464775)

This is one of those things I've wanted to try doing since I was a kid, but simply never had the space for. Time to buy a few acres out somewhere.

Re:Would love to do this (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464895)

Why buy a few acres? There are forges out there that teach classes and such for a reasonable fee. Prospect Hill Forge is such a forge (Boston area).

Re:Would love to do this (5, Interesting)

Psychofreak (17440) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464959)

Don't need acres. Many hobby smiths are using a space of little more than 100 square feet for a shop. Of course no power hammer, just forge, anvil, and some small power tools.

While I don't make knives (not because I can't) my "workshop" is my driveway. Everything gets put away in the garage when I am done. A person can start out using a coal or lump charcoal fired forge made by digging a shallow hole in dirt, and using a hair dryer with an iron pipe on the end for air. Find a large steel slug, or piece of axle, or railroad track, say 30-100 pounds for an anvil (and it will be better than a cast iron anvil by far). Get a couple hammers such as a 2 pound ball pein and a 3 pound cross pein to start with. You can use long stock without tongs, and make your own tongs (Remember the BLACKSMITH makes the TOOLS, not the other way around)

Car or truck coil spring is nice stock to make knives and tools out of for a beginner.

There are forums dedicated to blacksmithing and knifemaking.

Phil

Re:Would love to do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465289)

someone in my warehouse just got the cutest little chinese hammer..probably usable at 3/8" and takes up maybe 7 ft.

you can do some really interesting work in 100ft

Re:Would love to do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465599)

I wouldn't want a power hammer anyway. I've done a little bit of forging over the years, and my favorite part is beating the crap out of glowing metal. Power hammer takes that part away.

They have their place for things too large or perhaps too complex/precise to be hammered by hand, but I have no business making such things in a hobby shop with no training anyway.

Re:Would love to do this (4, Informative)

Bearhouse (1034238) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465647)

Good advice! May I add a few things...

- Ear protection. You don't have to go for uncomfortable headphones, but cheap ear plugs are definitely a good idea.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy
- Expect to get through a number of wire brushes; brush off the slag regularly, if you want a clean result
- Experiment with quenching, (water is OK, oil is better, but see remark above fire ex. above), if you're using good-quality steel, (easy to pick up as parent suggested)
- Try carbon face hardening if you're using (cheap) mild steel

In either of the two last cases, all you need is an open-topped container...

I suggest you start here...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel [wikipedia.org]

Re:Would love to do this (3, Informative)

Bearhouse (1034238) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465687)

Sorry, forgot the most important - eye protection!

(I have had more shit dug out of my eyeballs than I care to remember... fortunately, if you don't destroy your eye totally, it seems to heal pretty fast. But life's a bitch while it does, believe me)

Re:Would love to do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465865)

A buddy of mine and I started the summer before senior year. We spent all of $30 on starting; picked up scrap steel. We got a lot better when a friend of ours who is a machinist taught us a bit about the different grades of steel and how they all harden differently. We probably made enough to pay back what we spent on it, which sure beats most hobbies.

Re:Would love to do this (1)

Paleomacus (666999) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466421)

Water is okay for some steels. Oil is okay for some steels. Some oil needs to be heated to a certain temperature for some steels. Some steels air harden. If you water quench 5160 (a popular blade steel) your blade will most likely crack. Truck spring shops might sell you good known steel. Often 5160 or 1095. 1095 is harder to heat treat correctly with cheap tools. 5160 is pretty forgiving.

Re:Would love to do this (1)

NonFerrousBueller (1175131) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466289)

You mean to say automotive leaf spring?

Re:Would love to do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42466315)

The only thing I would amend is to use known steel. It's cheap enough and you will have predictable results with your heat-treating process. (I mostly make knives. Very little general blacksmithing.)

The New Jersey Steel Baron and Admiral Steel are two good places to get steel. NS Steel Baron has a much better reputation. People tend to have trouble with Admiral Steel's metal having inconsistent properties (sucks to spend hours of work and end up with a substandard blade or muddy hamon).

Re:Would love to do this (1, Funny)

Paleomacus (666999) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466363)

Crap. First time I post to slashdot in years and I do it A/C.

Guys, be careful. (5, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466467)

It starts simple like this, and it could eventually consume all your time.

I was simply drinking coffee in Starbucks. Then someone told me you can actually brew the coffee at home. Start with a simple stove top percolator, he said. Then it became a cheap 10 cup presto coffee maker. Then came the French Press, then the "grinding your own just before brewing", roasting your own bean just before grinding just before brewing, espresso machines, pump based espresso not the wimpy steam pressure espresso, .....

Now I am driving 150 miles each way to slopes of the Smoky Mountains each weekend to tend a patch of coffee shrubs which I am going to harvest, dry, grind and brew. They are saying the next step is to feed the coffee fruits to some weasels and collect the beans from its other end, then to dry, grind and brew. No one told me this is where I am going to end up. So watch out.

Re:Would love to do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42466631)

Can you make a legendary-grade Daedric greatsword for me?

Re:Would love to do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465047)

Yeah, I agree with the other Anonymous Coward. Why buy a few acres? ...unless you wanna be a blacksmith that makes horseshoes and you have some horses on-site, I'd say you don't need more than a normal sized yard. I'd love to make swords in my own backyard. Any laws against this? Excessive heat in a residential area? Hammering noise? Blacksmith hammering noise is even annoying in MMO's... but my neighbors doing it..haha, what a thought!

Re:Would love to do this (4, Insightful)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465459)

I have acres. I have timer to stoke the fire. I can even cut timber to build the forge and a building to house it. It would take a little ingenuity to come up with a bellows and an anvil cheap. But, you know what? THIS IS WORK!!! There's a lot of stuff that looks cool, if you can sit around and watch it being done. But, when it's your muscles, learning a new skill, man it's ROUGH!!

The physically hardest job I've ever done was pouring concrete. Following close behind was roughing out some prison buildings, in the mud, in the middle of winter with cold rain running down my back. Then, logging. By comparison, carpentry is easy, and that is real work.

What I'm saying is, I'm familiar enough with real work to recognize it when I see it. Forging iron is going to be about as hard as pouring and finishing at least a half mile of city street. If you want quality work, you'll do that half mile of city street after at least six months of hard work acquiring the skills to do it. You're not going to light a fire, and turn out a beautifully crafted sword on your first attempt!

Call me lazy, but if I decide that I want to craft my own knife or sword, I'll machine it on power equipment!!

Re:Would love to do this (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466009)

I've poured 'crete too. The trick is to pour it where it belongs. It's a bitch at first, but gets much easier.

Try tearing down an injection molding machine barrel that was assembled incorrectly (cold cap screwed into hot barrel). You'll need a 100+lb, 10 foot cheater bar and a forklift to generate about 50000 ft/lbs, a wet rag on the cap, a torch on the barrel and patience.

Men in Black? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464789)

Does Niels subscribe to the sterotype of wearing all black?

Yes I am a troll.

Quick, somebody publish a map! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464809)

Now we need a published map detailing the locations of all the blacksmiths.

Oh wait... my bad. For a second I forgot you don't bring knives to gunfights...

Re:Quick, somebody publish a map! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464837)

You can still bring knives to gunfights, just but my:
[Two-Handed Sword +1, +3 vs. school children murderers]

Re:Quick, somebody publish a map! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464905)

I meant *buy* my sword... in fact, buy 60,000 of them and give them to teachers!

Re:Quick, somebody publish a map! (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464913)

Now we need a published map detailing the locations of all the blacksmiths.

in China [cnn.com]

Re:Quick, somebody publish a map! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465151)

A gun is more cumbersome within arms reach than a knife is.

But on a more serious note you are a fucking moron.

Real Men. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464849)

Use hammers. What a pussy.

DIY (1)

ElitistWhiner (79961) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464855)

The moment a ' thing' passes into history its celebrated DIY YouTube commemorates the event

Best malware protection (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464879)

So the best way to fight malware is to stab the bad guys?

Re:Best malware protection (2)

NatasRevol (731260) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465117)

Probably more effective than AV.

And eliminates future malware, at least from that source.

Re:Best malware protection (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42466271)

and cut their balls off so they can't reproduce.

Beats sitting in front of a computer? (4, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464883)

You only ever hear people with nice soft office jobs make these kinds of dumbass statements. This sort of thing might be fun as a hobby, but as a life it would suck. It is hot, it is dangerous and the pay would not be great.

No one really wants to do hard work for a shitty living, stop romanticizing it. I think it is an offshoot of the Noble Savage BS.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

MagikSlinger (259969) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464933)

Mike Rowe would like to talk to you [mikeroweworks.com] .

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465099)

There is a difference between modern trades and being a viking blacksmith.

A modern tradesmen is not spending his nights starving in a cave. He is not living day to day to feed himself. He has osha to protect him.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

MagikSlinger (259969) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465169)

Do you know modern tradesmen? You might be surprised what kind of hobbies they like.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465247)

I know many, several in my family.

Their hobbies seem as varied as anyone else's.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42465217)

umm...osha doesn't pay the bills. the life of most skilled craftsman in the US is a constant struggle to stay
above water

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (5, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465363)

Why? trades jobs suck. I have many trades person in my family. My dad, uncles aunts etc..

I always heard the same thing from them: You want to go to school and get a good job becasue trades jobs suck.
Paraphrase.

Different hours, low security, in order to make 'real money' you work all kinds of crazy overtime. Deal mostly with uneducated loud mouths.
I work with people in a specific trade right now, and all of them over 35 our pretty beat up and wish they had an office job .

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (2)

NonFerrousBueller (1175131) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466437)

I'll have to agree with geekoid. I moved to NZ in 2002. Not having any computer qualifications I decided to pursue an adult apprenticeship as a machinist (Fitter/Turner to those of us in the Commonwealth). Two years of night school and two more years of dealing with the adage of "those that can't, teach". While I enjoy working with my hands and the equipment I get to play with is great, it's hard work with the constant danger of losing fingers or worse. It's hard on 40+ year-old bodies, and the pay is not that great. I'm taking time out to raise our daughter, while my well-paid accountant wife earns the money. I decided to learn a hobby as a profession, and that was a mistake. Should have gone back to school to learn programming or systems administration but getting late for that now.

If you really want a trade, do your market research first. I also suggest a trade where you can fit all your tools in a van; this means you can work for yourself (plumber, sparky). Machinists need rooms full of expensive gear and are forever tied to an employer.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

Bodhammer (559311) | about a year and a half ago | (#42464995)

There is a lot of satisfaction in craftsmanship. It is very fulfilling to make things. Even though I work in Avionics, I love to brew beer. I may even open a brewery soon. I recommend two books for you: "Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work" and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values"

The way things are going, it might be nice to have skills that don't require electricity.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (4, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465063)

I already brew beer, I also cure meats, bake bread and create many other things.

I would never want to do any of those for a living in modern society. The hours are long and the pay is shit.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

kannibal_klown (531544) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465033)

Being a blacksmith, you could probably make some money but it's a niche market. Meanwhile, it's not like they don't exist... you can buy swords at various places. I think even SkyMall used to sell sword replicas from films and such.

It would be great if the world simply rewarded people for doing things, even if just above average. There are things I'd love to do: glass blowing, metal work, etc... unfortunately I need an income. And while I might be able to make a living, between the demand for some things not being huge and my skills might wind up being only "meh" I'd rather keep the job I have.

Don't get me wrong, I LIKE programming... but sometimes I would like to do something singular like the above, where I actually produce something tangible.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465079)

99% of those swords are made in some mostly automated process. They are basically just stamped out in a factory.

You think you would like to do that work, but once you do it your will wish for your old programming job back.

I brew beer, make cured meats, bake bread, hunt, fish, but I would not want to do any of those as professions.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42466183)

Posting anon because by employer wouldn't want to be associated with my trolling.

I quit my job as a project lead on database applications used in power trading and market forecasting. It was a better then average programming job (crunchy problems, bosses with engineering degrees etc). As the company grew air thieves ruined the place.

Now I'm mold maker/engineer for a manufacturer of model airplane propellers. (I do have a fairly long history in the shop). It pays less. Worth every penny, and they haven't even let me shoot a Cornish game hen out of a cannon at a spinning propeller yet.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466341)

If they let you, please be sure to post a video of that.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465185)

No one really wants to do hard work for a shitty living, stop romanticizing it. I think it is an offshoot of the Noble Savage BS.

If you were an average guy living in Norse society (or anywhere else in Europe) circa 1000 CE, your likely career options were:
- soldier or military sailor (that's where the big bucks were)
- fishing
- farming (these folks were likely to be at the bottom of the social structure)
- shipbuilding
- smithing
- merchant shipping

None of those activities is particularly safe or pleasant.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465271)

I agree they all sucked, but folks love to romantize that period and many other shitty periods in human history.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

flaming error (1041742) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465657)

" folks love to romantize that period and many other shitty periods"

And to "romantize" that is bad because ... what?

What period in human history wasn't shitty?

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465743)

Romanticize is clearly what I meant.

This time would be considerably less shitty assuming you live in a first world nation. Living to 30 and beyond is pretty nice.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

Jeng (926980) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465311)

If you sit in front of a computer all day it is sometimes nice to go home and do things not on a computer.

Much like if you sat in front of a forge all day you might like to go home and sit in front of a computer.

I did not vtfv (view the fucking video), but I rather doubt that the guy is looking to do this for a living, but is instead doing it as a hobby.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466203)

If you sit in front of a computer all day it is sometimes nice to go home and do things not on a computer.

Yes. My hobbies are hunting, playing cards, and repairing/restoring vehicles.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

flaming error (1041742) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465577)

"No one really wants to do hard work for a shitty living, stop romanticizing it"

Hopefully you recognize that absolute terms like never, always, and nobody are rarely strictly accurate.

There are 7 billion people on this planet, and I can assure you that among them are many who sincerely enjoy doing hard work for a living, find their work deeply satisfying, and often its own reward.

Maybe that's not your thing. Maybe it's not what most laborers would choose if there were lower hanging fruit. But I fail to see the harm in romanticizing it. In the world there is evil greater than blacksmithing.

Fantasize about whatever you want, and allow others to do the same.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466125)

many who sincerely enjoy doing hard work for a living, find their work deeply satisfying, and often its own reward.

No one said they didn't. The question is whether they would prefer to have had an office job for livelihood and done the 'hard work' stuff as a hobby.

Ask most 55+ yr old trade workers in the 'hard' trades and you'll find most of them no longer find it worth the trade offs with their old and broken bodies. Hard work is satisfying, but it has costs you don't always recognize until it's too late.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

idontgno (624372) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466339)

Hard work is satisfying, but it has costs you don't always recognize until it's too late.

Soft jobs have their own costs. [healthmad.com]

Let's face it. It's all just life. No one's getting out alive, and age has its own built-in liabilities, regardless of how hard you work (or avoid working) your body in your youth.

Re:Beats sitting in front of a computer? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465839)

Not just people with nice soft office jobs, people who have never known financial hardship. Wanting to work with your hands is understandable, but wanting to suffer the lifestyle that comes with it? Haha it's my second greatest life transplant fantasy after sending a libertarian back to the Gilded Age.

Careful, you could be labeled a terrorist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42464937)

Watch out, if you are in the states, building weapons of any kind can get you labeled as a terrorist and you stand the very real chance of having your rights being stripped.

Watch those hammers! (0, Troll)

Bodhammer (559311) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465225)

"According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle."

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/03/FBI-More-People-Killed-With-Hammers-and-Clubs-Each-Year-Than-With-Rifles [breitbart.com]

Re:Watch those hammers! (1)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465389)

Let me know when someone uses a hammer to kill 20 people in a minute.

Also, hammer are widely available. Thanks for providing a data point show weapons that are more easily available are more likely to be used in crimes.

Except guns, apparently.

Re:Watch those hammers! (3, Informative)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465853)

Oh noes, in a minute? That totally makes an objective difference!

I'm kidding. It makes no difference. Rifles kill well under 400 people a year in the US, and assault rifles way under that. It's noise.

But carry on with your emotional arguments at will...

Re:Watch those hammers! (4, Informative)

JDevers (83155) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465693)

Unfortunately a very small number of gun deaths in the US are committed with rifles.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-12-18/american-gun-deaths-to-exceed-traffic-fatalities-by-2015 [businessweek.com]

From a nested link in the link you posted, gun deaths outnumber blunt object deaths 17 to 1 in 2011. The other years in the article were similar.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-11 [fbi.gov]

Re:Watch those hammers! (1, Troll)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466357)

Unfortunately a very small number of gun deaths in the US are committed with rifles.

A gun control advocate accidentally told the truth about what they think!

Now watch the back-peddle and denial.

Re:Watch those hammers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42466187)

Mod this moron down please

Maybe he knows something we don't? (4, Funny)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465313)

I mean, if you work at Google in the anti-malware devision you've probably got a good idea about the types of exploits coming down the line. Now, if someone like that is acquiring skills they'd only really need if life as we know it were blasted back to the iron age...

How does this beat sitting in front of a computer? (1)

dbrossard (911407) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465367)

Because I AM sitting at a computer to watch the narrated purpose of each step... Somehow Youtube videos will never be able to "beat sitting in front of the computer" because they seem to always require "sitting in front of the computer"

I praise Satan everyday for power tools. (2)

DRMShill (1157993) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465549)

Two conclusions I can draw from that video:

1. The stereotype of blacksmiths looking like body builders must be pretty accurate.

2. A good sword must have cost as much as a shitty car.

Re:I praise Satan everyday for power tools. (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466281)

They cost far more than a shitty car...lexus level or higher

Re:I praise Satan everyday for power tools. (1)

malkavian (9512) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466479)

A cheap sword cost as much as a house, by and large..
They were expensive things back in the day (which is why most soldiers had spears etc.)

Jeezuz, have we come so far... (0)

Jawnn (445279) | about a year and a half ago | (#42465579)

...that a documentary on ancient metal working is "stuff that matters"? Sure, it's interesting, but is the /. crowd that isolated that they've never heard of forge welding?

Fail..... (2)

Jintsui (2759005) | about a year and a half ago | (#42466211)

If he was MAN, he would have hammered that himself with a hammer, not a hammering machine.
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